Windows Server 2012R2 - licensing issue - users unable to logon

Hi guys

I have a single RDS server which also hosts the licensing server role, but not configured.
Users at the moment are unable to connect to it ("the remote session was disconnected because there are no Remote Desktop License Servers available to provide a license").

At the moment I'm unable to point this server to the production license server because of network costraints.
How can I temporarily allow users to connect to it, even if there's no license server configured ? I deleted the registry key which should extend the grace period, but still users cannot logon to it. Does it need a restart ?

Any other smart way to let it run for the time being ?

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If you haven't already, then reboot the server.


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Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
The temporary license is on each client machine.

After deleting the registry key, you may need to run the remote desktop client as administrator to allow the key to be regenerated. But I haven't dealt with this since Vista so it might have changed.
yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
This seems like a hack and really puts the system out of compliance.  As an IT Admin of a business I would highly recommend that you do the right thing and purchase the proper CALS.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You cannot legally extend the grace period.  You're stealing the use of the software if you do.  You had 4 months to get this straightened out.  There are two options now:
1. get a license server!
2. completely reload.
Jeremy WeisingerSenior Network Consultant / EngineerCommented:
At the moment I'm unable to point this server to the production license server because of network costraints.
I would think that if ferrarista has the licenses but doesn't have things configured properly then it's still in compliance... but you'd have to check with MS on that.
William MillerIT SpecialistCommented:
I'm pretty sure that in certain situations it actually is "legal" to rearm the grace period for RDS. Generally this is for testing purposes, however.
yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
Since this most likely is a production system as an IT admin for this company or tech that has to report to a manager you should do the right thing.
William MillerIT SpecialistCommented:
Here's the thing, what you should do (if you're not the final decision on this) is report to your IT Manager and let him/her know the issue. Leave it to them to make the call and then proceed from there. If this IS a production machine, all the more reason to do this. As this will incur downtime to be able to get RDS up and running if the network isn't already configured for it. That way you have it on documentation that you were instructed to move forward or leave it as is. This isn't a necessary step in the process, but it's a necessary step for covering your own behind.
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